Collision Repair News

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In Europe, MIG brazing has been required or recommended on a widespread basis for several years. In the U.S., MIG brazing is not as common but is becoming more prevalent. As the RTS team is researching MIG brazing information, we are putting together a series of articles that identify OEM-specific MIG brazing recommendations and requirements for vehicles in the U.S. Let’s see what FCA/Stellantis has to say.


When looking for information on an OEM service site, one often looks at the service manual or body repair manual. In many cases this is sufficient when performing repairs. However, with vehicles becoming more complex and packed with technology, this may no longer be enough.


When looking for information on an OEM service site, one often looks at the service manual or body repair manual. In many cases this is sufficient when performing repairs. However, with vehicles becoming more complex and packed with technology, this may no longer be enough.


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. Corroding zinc forms zinc oxide, which protects the steel. This is called sacrificial corrosion. For a quality weld to be made it’s required that the weld-through primer be removed from the direct weld zone before welding the joint, when GMA welding. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what Mitsubishi recommends and where this information can be found.


Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) four-year research project that focuses on electric vehicles (EVs) and using composites to make lighter vehicles.


There are many precautions and instructions to follow while inspecting and repairing hybrid and electric vehicles. To help you find this information, RTS has an OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search page. Here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to find the disable procedure in the service manual. You will also find precautions for welding, refinishing, and if a scan tool and DVOM are required for disabling. Let’s take a look at the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid.


I-CAR RTS has created a webinar for the professional automotive virtual education (PAVE) training. It covers the practical application of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and calibration, and high-voltage vehicle safety.


The I-CAR ADAS Diagnostics – When The Calibration Fails course covers advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and focuses in on the inputs used in common systems. It details how the inputs communicate with the systems, how to diagnose ADAS issues, and what to do if a system will not calibrate.


As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage (HV) systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.


As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage (HV) systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.


The 2021 model year vehicles are going to be showing up in dealer showrooms before too long. This means that they will inevitably be showing up in collision repair centers. The I-CAR Vehicle Technology And Trends 2021 course covers the technology, model releases, and trends. Keeping up to date on the 2021 models and features is vital to the blueprinting and repair process.


A new edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available. The Winter 2021 issue highlights the completely redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade.


Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV which discusses the materials used in the construction of the vehicle and other highlights of this all-new model from Genesis.


Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee which outlines the variety of materials used in the construction of the vehicle which not only reduce weight but allow for easier stamping of complex parts.


Now that the new year is underway, let’s take a look at some of your favorite things from 2020. We will continue with your most visited vehicles in the OEM Calibration Requirements Search.